Since my last post I have had so many interviews that my confidence has rocked sky high… however none have been successful; It’s starting to feel like false hope. It’s a tough world out there, but I am still moving forward and trying my best.
Recently I went to Samfest, a local music festival in Tongham. Normally I go with my friends, but this year was different! I went with my aunty, uncle and little cousins!!!
I stayed till the end amongst the crowd and of course the rain. It was good to see some familiar faces one of the bar men and one of the organisers.
The acts were great, my favourite though was The Flying Wright Bros. always a pleasure to see them perform rock and classic rock acts!
I took my poi with me, where I had lots of space to play. Having not spun in a while it was definitely hard work but the people loved it all the same!!! (The bar man knows me for my tankard and poi skills at a different event). A guy with a camera also enjoyed filming my antics, it was a good day out and all for charity too!
I am still trying to come up with some ideas for side projects, so far I have thought about:
> Designing album covers with self generated imagery, picking out random words from a dictionary / online generator / news articles / books etc. for the band name and album name
> Designing tiki style prints
> Designing a Zine about something or rather
(100 days… I have given up because I have creative bloq and can’t seem to think of anything good to make into an animated gif)
Sharing two weeks of my poster challenge! I have posted these on my instagram, but as this is my design blog, it made sense to post them here as well!
Week 1: ‘The Boys of Summer’
Influenced from The Ataris cover of this awesome song! I decided to use a gradient of orange and yellow, at a low opacity and a lettering typeface for the display. I wanted it to be simple, subtle and as summery as possible. (Also, rather calm and lazy… summer time is an interesting part of the year)
Week 2: ‘Offset’
I like offsets, I used one in my logo. I like how they create different colours and play with your vision. Helvetica Nue was the best choice, because it’s clean, geometric and I haven’t used it at all in a long time.
The Graduate show, on Friday evening, was great! I spoke to many people, including the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, he was a lovely man very interested in what we do in the Graphic Design Basement Studios, also spoke to many visitors, had long conversations about Adrian Frutiger and my work / others work. Really enjoyed the evening and was honoured to exhibit with my peers and friends.
The day before, I purchased a screen printing set, from the art store….and this gave me ideas to start making prints… GOOD prints… for personal projects, while applying for a career in Graphic Design. The aim of the game, (I’ve had this inclination for a while, but never got round to starting) is to sell these prints on. Perhaps at events such as Comic Con, Waterways / Craft festivals and see how and where it gets me.
I think I might start small and get into the Free Art Friday community, perhaps even document my adventures / progress on my new found Instagram account, Twitter and on this blog as well.
I’ve had an idea as a starting point. The nursary rhyme, ‘One for Sorrow’ about the superstitions around Magpies. It’s got so many versions and I want to do them all!!! Perhaps even to start off with, to practice hand lettering, screen printing and on screen. The reason is, since I heard the rhyme and Band of Skulls: Patterns, the rhyme has had a bit of an impact on me. I’m not majorly superstitious, other than Fate, Destiny and everything happens for a reason, ghosts / kindred spirits kind of thing. (Still… not majorly, but enough to be open minded).
Updates on progress to come soon!
For the past three months, I have been working tirelessly on a 4000 word report, that explores the evocative natures of Vinyl Records and how they create an experience for the listener. This was intensive and a lot of research was needed to compile into a report and a visual response. The aim originally was to look at album covers, and how they have created an experience but with much discussion and self directed study, it became to looking at the records and the covers as a whole, in how and why they are evocative and culturally popular. This was enlightening and really interesting to read up on, seeing as how vinyl records are now becoming popular again. They’re a old format, but new to the generations today.
I am extremely pleased with my outcome, a 12″ x 12″ book titled ‘Going Round in Circles’, which includes self produced photography, letterpress, interview and quotes from my research. I have also included a mini 7″ x 7″ book, featuring my interview with one of my course mates, and friend, Dan Bass. Another feature to this book as a double sided A2 poster, with letterpress type expressing a word visually, with the images.
I want to share this outcome to show how proud I am, of what I have managed to achieve in three months!!!
I designed my own record label, to add character to the packaging
The cover of my book
The title, is a play on words as well as a figure of speech
A small letter press feature
An example spread, with a quote and image
Some more letterpress and a full double page spread
Part of one side of my poster design
The full side
The other side
Little pouch for my ‘Interview with Dan Bass’ book
The cover for this design
An example spread
Full double page spread, as a page break
Letterpress and an image feature
The back cover
So far, I have chosen my ISTD brief for my ‘Design Briefs and Competitions’ unit, which will be celebrating the Life’s Work of Adrian Frutiger, a very famous typographer. I chose this one, because I feel that this will challenge me a lot in my design skills and I get to learn about someone who made typography as it is today. (well, some of it).
I have also made progress with my research report and visual outcome, after last week’s one to one tutorial. I have a few photos now to work with, and hopefully after this week I will have some more AND some interviews with people who listen and sell vinyl records!
Pretty exciting stuff!
Walking around Brighton was an inspiration, obviously visiting oddballs and buying new juggling balls and a storage bag it was still a good day out. The visual impacts of The Lanes and stores is incredible! Even the record stores were cramped yet really interesting to look at / walk past.
As well as my uni work, I have been steadily working on a band logo / concept art for my good friend Alex Grassby who is a talented musician and undergoing a final performance. I offered my services last month and this is the progress we’ve made so far. (I would post up my thumbnail doodles and type choices, but this seemed the best way to show of progress without the waffle).
His concept for this performance is all about earth, air, fire, water – Autumn, Spring, Summer, Winter. It’s a really interesting theme that I’ve been trying to play around with. It is still a work in progress, but hopefully something amazing will turn up!
Yesterday on of my best friends (that sound slightly childish, but she is a fantastic friend kind of like a sister but not blood related) anyway, she asked if I could look after her magnificent budgie Frederick III for a week. Surprisingly my grandparents said yes which I wasn’t expecting. I am eagerly awaiting his arrival and while I am waiting, I thought I haven’t blogged in a while, but also that this blog of mine hasn’t really been about graphic design, only a few bits of animation here and there.
SOOOOOO recently I have been making a website for my local stables and it has taken longer than it should (god that doesn’t put me in an efficient or good light, which could go against me ……) It is almost finished, just got a few bits to do…….like image copyrighting……………a whole page to finish…………..another couple of pages to edit…………………etc etc etc.
But when I haven’t been doing the website I have randomly decided to get back into spontaneous doodling, I have been inspired for some reason to doodle possible outcomes for tattoo designs……. but my one so far is this charming design.
I love music, it is a way of life for me. I just have this ominous feeling when I listen to music that no one can distract me from listening to the souls of other people. This is a similar feeling when I read a novel. I feel the emotions of each character like I feel the emotions of each singer or song writer in a certain song. The wings are representing the way my mind floats from happy thoughts to dark thoughts etc. I know they have different meanings in the tattoo world, but I am a free spirit, that can’t be contained in a box or a tight space other wise there will be explosions. I am talking metaphorically, but those that know me, or have met me will know that in fact I am a passionate person that loves anything to do with books, music, good design, and just general amazing weird generic things.
Back to my main point of this, Fred will be here later on in the day where I may do another blog with an image of him if I remember to do so.